TMT in Mexico

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C.

For some clients, Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García, S.C. is ‘hands down the most recommendable law firm in Mexico for TMT’. The twelve-strong team of experts offers a ‘deep knowledge of the industry and extensive experience with all new ventures in the telecommunications sector, as well as in the treatment of regulatory obligations’. Founding partner Carlos Bello, ‘one of the most recognized experts in the country’; Hector Guzman, and Rolando Guevara co-head the team which recently advised Tele Facil on regulatory and litigation matters as part of a $500m international arbitration related to interconnection matters, and is currently assisting Airbus with all the legal and regulatory matters required to operate the first Public Safety Mobile Virtual Network Operator (S-MVNO) in Mexico. Specialised senior associate Carlos J Diaz Sobrino focuses on telecoms, media, technology, data protection, corporate law and M&A; and 2019-arrival, head of the IP practice Jonathan Rangel, is also active in the practice.

Testimonials

Without a doubt, it is a team of experts in the field, always ready to provide the best possible services, attending at all times to the business needs of the company. Carlos Bello: expertise, attitude, willingness, openness and understanding of the needs of the company.

-Deep knowledge of the industry and extensive experience with all new ventures in the telecommunications sector. -Extensive experience in the treatment of regulatory obligations.-The TMT practice is complemented by other practices such as data protection, this within the same office, which makes for comprehensive services.-Strong negotiation skills.

Carlos Bello is highly recognized and highly regarded in the telecommunications industry. His ability to easily transmit information is of great help. He has a deep understanding of regulatory obligations in the sector.’

It is a team of young lawyers with great experience, a sense of the client and adaptation to technology companies. In my experience, it compares favourably with any internationally recognised firm and they offer attractive fee-rates depending on the client’s needs, always looking for a long-term relationship.’

They offer a serious legal advisory service with an excellent level of depth in regulatory matters. Carlos Díaz and Carlos Bello together with their teams have been advising us on Federal motor transport issues, as well as logistics related issues. Regarding the fin-tech sector, Miguel Gallardo will form part of our regulatory entity, occupying a position on the board of directors as an external director.’

Bello, Gallardo, Bonequi y García (BGBG) is hands down the most recommendable law firm in Mexico for TMT (Telecom, Technology & Media) matters.’

The strongest aspect of this firm is Carlos Bello, founding partner and one of the most recognized expert in telecommunications in the country. Working with Carlos is always enjoyable, because he keeps his professionalism while positively dealing with complex matters, and understands the needs of the client.’

BGBG understands the national regulations and developments like no other, and is an irreplaceable partner in navigating the obstacles this heavy regulated industry imposes on businesses.’

Carlos Bello is the stand-out partner in BGBG for TMT issues. He has connections within the government and the industry, always keeps up to date with new developments, and provides efficient opinions and results.’

BGBG represents a one-stop shop. They will handle your work as one, highly coordinated and informed. They are a large firm with “boutique” customer service. Highly knowledgable of the industry. Well connected and informed with the latest news and potential impact to your business. Great service. Easy to engage with at the most difficult times.’

They are always available, at any time. They always attend with an excellent attitude and above all, with the staff who can help you. In the particular case, I have always worked with Carlos Bello and his service is excellent.’

Key clients

Echostar/Hughes

Mercado Libre

Airbus

Thales

International Telecommunications Union

Marlink

T-Systems

Orange

Verizon

Tele Facil

Bosch

Seguritech

Altan Redes

Cisco

Microsoft

Centurylink

Wavy

Hispasat

Grupo Palace Resorts

Flash Mobile

Oxxo

Femsa

Didi

Daimler Financial Services

Esmero

Huya

OPPO

Nikkei FT

Oxio

PFSweb

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Speedcast

Thema America

Volkswagen Leasing

Banorte

Proeza (Astrum)

Work highlights

  • Legal advice to Tele Facil on regulatory and litigation matters as part of an international arbitration related to interconnection issues, as well as representation in said arbitration; value, $500m.
  • Advising Airbus on all the legal and regulatory requirements for the operation of the first Public Safety Mobile Virtual Network Operator (S-MVNO) in Mexico.
  • Ongoing advice to CenturyLink on all regulatory and corporate matters related to the company’s operation in Mexico; including licensing transitions and operational matters, from compliance to contract negotiations.
  • Advised HNS de Mexico (Echostar / Hughes) on its successful $7.5m public bid for the 2000-2020/2180-2200 MHz frequency band, for the provision of complementary terrestrial service for its mobile satellite service.  
  • Advised EchoStar Corporation on the launch of Hughes Express Wi-Fi by Facebook Service and HughesNet Services, handling all regulatory, contractual, administrative and privacy matters.

Acedo, Santamarina, S.C

Historically strong in the sector, Acedo, Santamarina, S.C advises on satellite systems; telephony networks and international submarine cables; the deployment of telecoms infrastructure; radio frequency spectrum and dark-fibre public biddings; internet regulation and the re-sale of telecom services, along with MVNO licencing and operations and other communication technologies. It also counsels on specialised media law, particularly telecom advisory including internet and media responsibility, international VoIP structures, VPNs and other convergent technologies; and handles data privacy, compliance and administrative representation. With over 25 years' experience in the sector, practice head Andrés Acedo is a genuine telecom-law veteran whose practice includes centres on telecommunications, corporate, contractual and financial law, as well as insolvency, restructurings and M&A. Current matters include advising Radiotrans on the negotiation of several communication services agreements with Motorola Solutions; and assisting IDT Teleomm obtain the licenses and permits required to operate in México; the team also provides regular counsel to MTZ Wireless regarding contractual and regulatory matters. José Luis Mejía Estrada, who is focused on telecommunications, media and technology, e-commerce, IP, data privacy, corporate and administrative law, provides key associate support; corporate and commercial-law focused senior Enrique López Mendez participates in regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrés Acedo

Key clients

Amazon

Bose Corporation

BBC Worldwide

Gogo Air México

IDT Telecomm

QMC Telecomm

MTZ Wireless

Nokia

Hertz

Go Pro

Radiotrans

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advising Radiotrans on the negotiation of communication services agreements with Motorola Solutions, as well as with several regulatory matters including data privacy, telecommunications and homologation matters.
  • Advising  QMC Telecomm on analysis of the Infrastructure Sharing Guidelines issued by the México’s telecom regulators, in light of the infrastructure business of the client
  • Onoing advice to Bose Corporation from a regulatory standpoint regarding its product compliance with Mexican regulations including Mexican Official Norms, Federal Consumer Protection Law and other regulatory matters; additional advice in relation to the launch of its online shopping platform, including consumer protection, advertising, copyright and privacy matters.
  • Ongoing advice to ISP Gogo regarding the company’s efforts to provide satellite internet services onboard airplanes flying over Mexican territory, as well as ensuring compliance with its regulatory obligations under the company’s sole concession to operate a telecoms network.
  • Ongoing advice to BBC Worldwide in relation to the sale of its broadcasting rights.

Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Following the December 2019 departures of practice co-heads, Sergio Legorreta (to develop a venture-tech practice at Dentons López Velarde) and senior counsel Carlos Valencia (to start his own consulting firm), the TMT practice at Baker McKenzie Abogados, S.C. has undergone something of a generational change. Noted data privacy and cybersecurity expert, Carlos Vela-Treviño, continues to lead the now six-strong practice group, which works across market segments including IT sourcing, transactions, litigation and advisory; privacy and data protection, business outsourcing, media, social media and telecoms. Key associate support comes from seniors, Daniel Villanueva-Plasencia, who heads the TMT and data security practice at the firm's Guadalajara office; and Juan Carlos Tornel who focuses primarily on IT matters (including cloud computing, internet services e-commerce, etc.) along with telecoms, general regulatory matters, and transactional and contractual law. The Mexico practice frequently acts on the broader firm's global and regional deals; recent local deals, however, included advising Zayo Group on the incorporation of its Mexican subsidiary; and assisting entertainment group CIE with the regulatory-telecoms aspects of its presentation of Mexico's Formula 1 race, including a novel telecoms license for cultural purposes.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Vela-Treviño

Testimonials

They understand the needs of an industry that changes all the time, with a great sense of urgency and professional practice.

Key clients

Netflix

Evenbrite

Salesforce

eBay

Spotify

EutelSAT

Docusign

L’Oréal

Axtel

Fleet Complete

Zayo Group

Motorola

NetCracker

AutoZone

eBay

Storytell

Work highlights

  • Advised cosmetics retailer L’Oreal on the coordination and implementation of a major privacy project involving 10 jurisdictions, involving a review of local legislation in the countries involved and the preparation and review of various agreements with major IT providers.
  • Currently providing general legal and regulatory advice to Airbnb’s on its expansion throughout Latin America, including technology and regulator matters.
  • Advising private near-space exploration and technology company World View Enterprises, obtain overflight, launching and landing permits before the Mexican Aeronautical Authority for its Stratollite high altitude unmanned balloon flight platform.
  • Currently advising  global e-commerce company eBay on its legal day-to-day needs, including e-commerce  privacy and consumer protection.

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.

Corporate powerhouse Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.'s powerhouse practice provides ‘quick and easily-digestible advice on complex issues’, primarily undertaking high-end transactions in the TMT sector itself, or having a TMT aspect as well as all the concomitant regulatory and administrative aspects, along with data protection, disputes and representation before the regulators. The 12-strong practice is co-led by Luis Gerardo García (who specialises in TMT, antitrust and competition), and corporate/finance all-rounder, name partner Jean Michel Enríquez; other team members include Begoña Cancino (who specializes in IP, data privacy, and regulatory and administrative litigation), Iker Arriola (corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets and competition), and the very active Jorge Kargl -appointed counsel in mid-2019- who specializes in TMT, competition and antitrust. Ongoing matters include advising regional e-commerce site Mercado Legal on both e-commerce and new projects and business lines.

Testimonials

Creel’s team is top-notch; they are very well informed, always available, and provide quick and esaily-digestible advice on complex issues. Outstanding lawyers: Jorge Kargl and Mauricio Serralde.’

Fast response and professional expertise regarding data protection and telecommunications questions.

Key clients

AT&T

Warner Bros

Turner

Grupo Acir

HBO

CommScope

DAZN

Audi

Avaya

NTT DoCoMo

Asterion

Equinix

Singtel

Work highlights

  • Counsel to both CommScope and Arris on obtaining Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) authorisation for the Mexican aspects of CommScope’s $7.5bn global acquisition of Arris for $7.5bn.
  • Counsel to Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo regarding its entry into the Mexican market via marketing and payment solutions to integrate carrier billing for over-the-top services and other matters (including bundles of news, games, videos and family content).
  • Counsel to  Asterion regarding the €550m purchase of certain data centres from Telefonica in Mexico, including regulatory due diligence.
  • Counsel to Singtel regarding its entry into the Mexican market for the provision of global internet data services; the advice included the analysis of different business models and the telecom authorisations required per each model in terms of Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law,
  • Counsel to Equinix on its $175m acquisition of three major data centers from Axtel, a major telecommunications service provider in Mexico, including the authorisation by the Federal Institute of Telecommunications.

Hogan Lovells

Unusually for a full-service firm, the practice at Hogan Lovells is as strong on regulatory telecommunications matters as it is on the transactional front (where the firm's multijurisdictional footprint allows involvement in regional and international matters), while also providing advice on media, technology and data privacy issues. The team is led by Federico Hernández Arroyo, who has over 15 years' experience offering private practice TMT advisory, and can also draw on experience as a former head of regulatory affairs at the (then) Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Senior associate Ana Paula Rumualdo provides complementary expertise in cyberlaw, legal AI, privacy and data protection; and competition-focused associate Marianne Windirsch -who has a background working with tech start-ups- also participates in the sector. Recent matters include day-to-day regulatory advice regarding compliance with spectrum concessions and authorisations, telecoms regulatory advice, software licensing agreements, cloud and online services, and the MVNO market.

Practice head(s):

Federico Hernández Arroyo

Key clients

American Tower Corporation de México

Columbus Networks

RedConcero

Omnispace Mexico

Fox

Work highlights

  • Currently assisting American Tower Corporation on regulatory compliance and overview deriving from licenses and regulatory provisions.
  • Advising Columbus Networks Mexico on compliance requirements in relation to its concession obtained, including security and justice obligations fulfilment and legal interception of communications.
  • Advised RecConcero on compliance requirements in relation to its concession obtained, including security and justice obligations fulfilment and legal interception of communications.
  • Advised Omnispace Mexico in order to participate in the public bidding process IFT-9, regarding complementary ground mobile satellite services; value, $7.5m.

Santamarina y Steta

A longstanding presence in the telecoms sector Santamarina y Steta currently fields a seven-lawyer team that is particularly strong advising on transactional and regulatory TMT-related work, as well as compliance issues and administrative matters and representation. Firm chairman, corporate specialist Jorge León-Orantes, has extensive experience in telecoms, broadcasting, IT, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, and M&A. He co-leads the practice with fellow senior partner César Cruz (in Monterrey), who has particular expertise in all aspects of data privacy and protection matters. Recent matters include advising a number of digital platforms - such as MU Team and Enroll-U on the TMT, e-commerce and regulatory aspects of establishing their business and initiating operations in Mexico. Additional key practice contacts include recently appointed counsel, Paola Morales (in Mexico City), and senior associate Diego Rubén Acosta (in Monterrey); both focus on telecoms, IT, e-commerce, and data protection and privacy, along with corporate, M&A and foreign investment. (Senior associate Rodrigo Orenday has been on secondment at PayPal since June 2020).

Testimonials

Very competent team from a technical legal point of view. It is a team always ready to help. Their opinions were always oriented to practical solutions, taking into account the needs of the business. Always ready to respond to requests, they took the time to correctly understand the business model that was sought in the operation.

The team has proven to be professional, agile and responsible. I would venture to say that they are quite competitive. People are always available to my organization’s needs. Additionally, it does not require a great explanation in order to execute and solve the issues that we present to them.’

The team of collaborators from Santamarina and Steta is extremely capable, each one expert in their subjects and they work impeccably when teams from other areas and various new business lines have to be reviewed. Their structure and business knowledge in the sector seems to me to be unmatched and they allow us to best advise our business. The service of the team in general is first-rate. What stands out and highlights the lawyers / partners first is the mastery of the topics and the preparation of each one. Additionally, their customer service orientation and service attitude is unmatched. The profile is of people with great ease of dealing with people and who are always there to advise, help and guide us as clients. Sergio Chagoya as partner and leader of the area is outstanding, as is Jorge Vazquez in his attention, service and speed in solutions, in addition to helping to coordinate with the different lawyers and partners on the different issues to review given the nature of our business.’

Key clients

Kronos Incorporated

Editorial Animal

EMC Computer Systems México

OnStar de México

Enroll-U

John Deere

Honeywell

Hershey México

Kering Group

Martinrea

Merkafón Group (Teleperformance)

Teltech Systems, Inc.

Alfa Corporativo

The Export and Import Bank Of China

MU Team (Mensajeros Urbanos)

Walmart de México

Work highlights

  • Advising Honeywell International on its project to render internet and other connectivity services to aircrafts and helicopters via satellite capacity usage from foreign and local satellites.
  • Advised Animal Político and the other online publications of Grupo Editorial Criterio on implementing data protection compliance in the face of cases such as the data breach at the Cultura Colectiva  blog, that shone a spotlight on online media in Mexico.
  • Represented and advised OnStar de México on the renewal of the federal and local permits required to operate its telecommunications platform.
  • Advised Alfa Corporativo on the telecommunications regulatory aspects relevantfor antitrust purposes to the sale of 1,370kms of its fiber-optic network.
  • Advised Hershey México on data protection and privacy practices and compliance requirements in implementing sweepstakes through online gaming-platforms.

White & Case S.C.

According to a client, the practice at White & Case S.C. houses ‘the best lawyers in the sector’. Backed by the firm's international reach, the team has robust expertise in telecommunications litigation, transactional, regulatory, infrastructure, and finance matters, as well as expertise in the satellite segment. Regulatory and administrative specialist and litigator Ismael Reyes Retana has extensive telecoms experience (including a landmark Supreme Court precedent for the industry), and garners praise for his ‘ability to present clear and concrete ideas’. Demonstrating ‘great knowledge of the topics’, younger partner Antonio Cárdenas focuses on administrative regulation (both contentious and advisory), economic competition and TMT regulatory matters. Experienced mid-level associate Yuriria Galicia Arizmendi is also noted; and and ‘first-class' corporate and finance specialist Álvaro Garza-Galván, also participates in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ismael Reyes Retana

Testimonials

It is a team that has the best lawyers in the sector. They are distinguished by their personalised, prompt and effective attention. They have professional and academic experience. They offer efficient solutions. They know the telecommunications market.

The subjects of telecommunications and economic competition is very complex since it is very technical, innovative and multidisciplinary, so it is necessary to have a team: Ismael Reyes Retana, his integrity as a person, simplicity, intelligence, ability to present clear and concrete ideas; Antonio Cárdenas: human warmth, great knowledge of the topics, research capacity, exposition of ideas; and Yuriria Galicia: availability, attention, human warmth, concrete when transmitting and receiving ideas, good legal technique for writing legal documents.

Álvaro Garza-Galván is the person who kindly gave us attention. He was relevant to focus on the key information we needed, additionally he supported us in completing our privacy notice.

‘International reach & breadth of services plus dedication and customer service; compares very favourably.

Dedication, speed of response, talent Alvaro Garza is a first class lawyer.’

Key clients

Altán Redes

Grupo Televisa

Grupo Telefónica

Izzi Telecom

Work highlights

  • Advised Izzi Telecom on filing complaints before the telecoms regulator accusing dominant market actor America Movil’s agent of avoiding the signature of interconnection agreements so as to avoid revealing the information necessary to share its network.
  • Leading advice to Grupo Televisa on a wide range of legal and regulatory matters in Mexico, as well as in various on-going contentious telecoms matters, including constitutional proceedings relating to the preponderant agent in the telecoms market and zero termination rates (fixed and mobile).
  • Acting for Altán Redes as lead counsel in disputes initiated by Rivada Networks regarding AR’s successful public tender bid and the award.
  • Advised Grupo Telefonica regarding challenges to several decisions issued by IFETEL concerning interconnection tariffs between Telefónica and other telecoms operators; currrently involving seven proceedings before IFETEL and 20 amparo procedures before the Federal District Courts.
  • Defending Grupo Telefónica in a constitutional trial initiated by Telcel, challenging the bid proceeding whereby part of the 2.5 GHz radio spectrum was awarded to Grupo Telefonica and AT&T.

DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano

The ‘extremely proactive’ TMT practice at DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano, attends to a broad swathe to the media and entertainment industry, including IT, broadcasting, advertising, entertainment, censorship, and internet and online services. The practice, praised by clients for its  ‘deep knowledge' of the industry, 'in both legal and regulatory affairs', is led by corporate practitioner Eduardo Gallastegui who has 'participated in dozens of M&A transactions in the sector over the years' and is a well-known figure in the sector. Recent matters include due diligence in the TMT sector, business plan design and implementation, spectrum allocation, M&A, financings and licensing. Key support comes from transactional partner Jorge Benejam, who also 'knows the TMT sector deeply', focuses primarily on regulated industry matters including antitrust, life sciences, telecoms, banking and foreign trade.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Gallastegui

Testimonials

Its a deeply knowledgeable team on the history and current reality of the Mexican TMT industry, in both legal and regulatory affairs.

They are an extremely proactive team. They are very elocuent and always say to the client what they really think about and not want the client wants to hear. Eduardo and Jorge.

Eduardo Gallástegui and his partner Jorge Benejam know the TMT sector deeply. They have been attorneys for some of the largest companies in the industry and also for other small or niche companies. They have participated in dozens of M&A transactions in the sector over the years. They are distinguished by their passion in defending their clients. There is no obstacle to stop them. They work very well with engineers, financiers, economists so that their arguments are always very solid and documented.’

Key clients

Cerberus Capital Management

Viasat

Transtelco

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Inter-American Development Bank

Nielsen Ibope México

Mobile Wireless and Satellite

González Calvillo, SC

González Calvillo, SC houses a very experienced TMT practice, which boasts some major telecommunications clients -including Telefónica- which it is currently advising in relation to the renewal of certain spectrum concessions titles. The team is particularly strong advising on contentious administrative telecoms matters, but also handles regulatory, antitrust, corporate, transactional, and tax matters, as well as public procurement and PPPs, concessions and authorizations relevant to telecommunication services, and data and consumer protection. Lead partner Luis Mancera focuses on telecoms, constitutional, administrative and regulatory practice, and specializes in administrative litigation, constitutional relief proceedings, telecoms disputes and contentious constitutional procedures. He co-leads the team with ‘exceptional’ counsel Juan Carlos Peraza -formerly a regulatory head at Televisa- who also focuses on administrative and constitutional litigation, along with telecoms regulations. Key support comes from associate Rafael Fuentes.

Practice head(s):

Luis Mancera; Juan Carlos Peraza

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Fuentes

Testimonials

Juan Carlos Peraza, is one of those exceptional lawyers who have a knack of people, he relates very well in the media, combining his experience and knowledge for the litigation of the amparo trials they are in charge of.

Telecommunications litigation is a very small sector that requires specialized, multidisciplinary technical knowledge that requires the integration of diverse talents so that the expected results can be obtained.

Key clients

Telefónica

DirecTV

TC Travel Connected

Amazon

Maxcom

HBO

Mexican Development Banks BANOBRAS

Mexican Development Bank Bancomext

Nacional Financiera (Nafin)

Metro Net (Kio Networks subsidiary)

Google

Megacable

Work highlights

  • Counselling and representation of Telefónica in relation to the renewal of certain spectrum concession titles.
  • Advised IT services and technology infrastructure company Metro Net regarding telecommunication and regulatory matters, including coverage expansion, specialised acquisitions in the telecoms sector, concessions and authorizations, and antitrust investigations in the sector, among  others legal matters.
  • Currently representing TC Travel Connected with regulatory compliance regarding obligations derived from  authorisation to resell mobile internet services.

Holland & Knight

The three-strong practice at Holland & Knight, valued by clients for its ‘personalised attention and punctual support during the process’, covers the full breadth of the TMT sector - including telecommunications, satellites, media, wireless services, quadruple play, e-commerce and cloud services and communications; and advises on transactions, disputes, and antitrust and regulatory matters. The department is led by Luis Rubio (who includes telecoms as part of a broader practice involving corporate / M&A and international trade); and corporate specialist Octavio Lecona who is closely focused on the telecom, media and tech sectors. Recent mandates saw the pair advise Telefónica on a wireless infrastructure deal with AT&T in Mexico. However, former senior counsel Blanca Luévano, who was active in competition  matters before the IFT and COFECE, moved in house at AT&T in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Luis Rubio;  Octavio Lecona 

Testimonials

Personalized attention and punctual support during the process.

Luis Rubio is a lawyer who always takes the time to analyze queries in detail, and gives effective legal advice without incurring idle time.’

Key clients

Telefonica

Universal Pictures Mexico

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica on  a long-term, wholesale  deal giving the company access to counterpart AT+T’s ‘last mile’ infrastrucuture – including towers, antennas, fibre-optic cables.
  • Advising Universal Pictures on contractual terms of the exhibition of its movies in two major cinema chains and all independent chains in Mexico, a matter with various competition aspects.

Jones Day

Experienced telecoms of counsel Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés handles new technologies, digital economy matters, telecoms (particularly satellite regulation), antitrust and competition (including compliance), M&A, and anti-corruption compliance. She leads the team at international firm Jones Day 's Mexico office, which primarily focuses on infrastructure and associated matters; recent mandates, for example, include e-commerce platforms, service and master service procurement, along with legal and regulatory reviews, contracting matters, data protection, economic competition, and consumer protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Bertha Alicia Ordaz-Avilés

Testimonials

An excellent company, with a talented group of professional and excellent treatment of clients.

Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC

A team of seven lawyer comprise the TMT practice at Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC, which is best known for its robust experience covering regulatory matters and corporate and finance transactions, across the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, including satellite and fintech. During 2019, the practice led by experienced senior partner Michell Nader and Julián Garza (who handles corporate, financial and regulatory matters in the sector), continued to advise Satélites Mexicanos Eutelsat on capitalisation, licensing and regulatory matters, filings before the telecom authorities, and in relation to data privacy. Gunter Schwandt also has experience of telecom and government procurement matters as part of his broader corporate / finance practice.

Key clients

Telefónica

Telefónica Movistar México

Grupo Salinas

TV Azteca

Eutelsat

Satélites Mexicanos

Softlayer Technologies

Inter-American Investment Corporation

Comparex, AG

Altán Redes

Totalplay

Work highlights

  • Advised Satélites Mexicanos (Eutelsat) filings with the telecom authorities in relation to regulatory and data privacy matters.
  • Advised Altán Redes on a $50m cross-border financing for the Red Compartida Project, a major telecoms PPP project to develop Mexico’s wholesale shared mobile network, and on amendments to the structure required to gain new secured parties.
  • Represented fin-tech group Klar in the legal and regulatory due diligence process conducted by several investors in connection with both financial and fintech-related matters.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.

Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C.'s 10-strong practice is divided into a telecoms team, led by Daniel Del Rio and Ricardo Lan, and a specialized data privacy and protection practice, led by Adolfo Athié and Teresa Espinosa. The team handles a mix of regulatory work, due diligence, concessions, litigation before relevant regulators, and the development and implementation of data management policies. Del Rio and of counsel Lan are both well-known corporate practitioners with accrued experience in the telecoms sector (Lan has long been active in associated transportation matters). With a background in IP, Athié focuses on consulting and administrative litigation, with a primary focus on data protection and privacy; while up-and-coming associate, Espinosa (a 'KnowledgeNet' Chair of the International Association for Privacy Professionals - IAPP) is increasingly closely-focused on data protection mattes, and is a certified information privacy technologist. Recent telecom-side matters include regulatory advisory, due diligence, frequency concessions and satellite matters, as well as representation before relevant authorities. On the data side, the team has been assisting clients convert policy into implemented practice, and undertaking representation before the Data Protection Authority, among other matters.

Key clients

Microsoft

Puente de las Tres Culturas

APM Terminals Lázaro Cárdenas

PriceWaterhouse Coopers

Federal Express

Impresora Donneco Internacional

UFINET Mexico

Colgate Palmolive

Fontacto

Ricoh Mexicana

Galicia Abogados S.C.

Full service major, Galicia Abogados S.C. maintains a six-strong telecoms team as part of its wider regulatory practice group of 16 lawyers which, on the telecom-side, handles day-to-day matters, transactional operations and  administrative disputes; and on the technology side, undertakes regulatory, competition, privacy, tax and intellectual property matters, as well as fintech and transactions. Carlos Chávez is a regulated markets specialist with a strong specialisation in competition matters and public sector contracting; he leads on all the firm's telecom and media matters. Key support comes from associates Irma Ross, who leads the firm's IP practice and has experience across IT, data privacy and administrative litigation; and Maite Celorio, who focuses on telecom, regulated markets and competition, as well as having a sub-specialization in the telecoms and IT sector. Administrative litigator Gilda Velazquez Mason also handles telecoms, privacy and data protection matters as required.

Testimonials

Ethics and commitment.

The solid and extensive experience of its lawyers.